Seattle-based interior designer and shop keep Brian Paquette says the hunter green and merlot shades (probably) best known for their overuse in ’80s-era Ralph Lauren ads are back. “I am very much attracted to these tones in a new way, in luminous velvets and tone on tone,” he says. “Think a hunter green sofa with hunter green grasscloth and hunter green carpet.”
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While we may see more color, Paquette predicts more consumers will begin to embrace the old adage that less is more. “We tell this to all of our clients but I think the masses are catching on,” says Paquette. “The quick-fix, poor quality, non-sustainable products that people have overfilled their lives with in the past seem to be being replaced with slower, high-quality, lasting, and responsibly made goods.”
Julie Carlson, editor of Mill Valley-based home site Remodelista, says the next generation of handmade ceramics and slow-carved wooden spoons is coming in the form of jewel-toned flatware such as this labradorite stone set from Baciocchi Associati.
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Stage a comeback
Macramé’s strong comeback is leading to the upgrade of another popular ’70s-era motif: stained glass. Expect elevated forms of this old craft as well as wonderfully dilapidated vintage pieces displayed beyond windows but rather hung on walls, says Carlson. Their team came upon these pieces at Native Bio Bistro in Antwerp.
Jonathan Lo, the Orange County blogger behind Happy Mundane, is known for capturing graphic, colorful moments from otherwise ordinary public streets and signage on Instagram. While cobalt blue has been on the rise, he loves the way it’s being utilized as an accent. “It adds a fresh graphic pop and compliments so many schemes,” says Lo. “I love that it’s both dark and vibrant at the same time.”
Terracotta tones rank high among his must-haves as an alternative to the pale pink neutral that’s been popular over the past few seasons. “Whether it’s actual objects or just the color, I’m obsessed with this warm, dusty hue,” Lo says.
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Make room at the table
San Francisco interior designer Cecily Mendell of Cecy J Interiors says that families are transforming dining rooms into communal spaces that go beyond occasional dining. “I think families are peeking into their dining rooms again and saying, ‘Okay, how do we use this space?’ The solution for many of our clients is an informal less fussy space that can be used for an kids art project of a impromptu dinner party,” she says. “Mixing chairs with benches lends to the vibe of an informal dining room.”
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Set up your own Cheers
“Most people think of in-home bars as dated and meant for a home that still has shag carpet,” says Mendell. “But many clients are opting to keep bars for easy casual entertaining. For this bar, we painted the cabinets, upgraded the hardware and used art to make it feel incorporated into the other element of the home.”
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Ashley Redmond, head of design for the online interior design service Decorist, expects to see paint colors gravitate toward a richer palette. “White walls have been all the rage, but I am seeing a move toward more drama and warmth for walls with jewel tones and saturated color being more prevalent,” she says. “Even the neutrals like the always popular gray seems to be turning it up a notch and leaning to more opulent charcoal.”
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Peel back the layers
The dressed-up bohemian phenomena may get a make-down in the New Year, too. “I think the next trend beyond boho is a more refined and elegant look that’s making a resurgence,” says Ashley. “It mixes the old with the new, but gets away from the more laid-back, layered look of the bohemian style and adds more refinement and clean lines.”